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Julius Caesar Close Reading Quiz

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Read these passages from act II of Julius Caesar, and then answer the question that follows each passage. Refer to the passage in answering the question. Circle the correct answer to each question. 

3) BRUTUS:
Give me your hands all over, one by one.
CASSIUS:
And let us swear our resolution.

After speaking privately with Cassius, why does Brutus shake hands with each of the conspirators?

  • He wants to assure them that he will not betray their plans to kill Caesar.
  • He doesn't want them to know that he distrusts them.
  • He has joined the conspiracy and is now one of them.
  • His respect for them has grown since speaking with Cassius.

4) CASSIUS:
And let us swear our resolution.
BRUTUS:
No, not an oath. If not the face of men,
The sufferance of our souls, the time's abuse— (120)
If these be motives weak, break off betimes,
And every man hence to his idle bed;
So let high-sighted tyranny range on
Till each man drop by lottery.

Which of these is not one of the reasons Brutus rejects the idea of taking an oath before they begin to plot Caesar's assassination?

  • He believes their cause, not an oath, will inspire them to carry through with their plans.
  • He believes they can trust each other without taking an oath.
  • He believes their cause is virtuous and to swear an oath suggests that it is not.
  • He believes that oaths should be reserved for matters of religion, not government.

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